Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the committee’s ranking Republican, said the videos made it clear that the attacks came from terrorists.
‘‘There were a bunch of bad guys who stormed this consulate in Benghazi, some carrying automatic weapons, others not carrying automatic weapons or any weapons, but firing RPGs, firing borders into the facility as well as to the annex down the road,’’ Chambliss told Fox News. ‘‘It’s just so obvious to any experienced individual that this was purely a terrorist attack.’’
Chambliss said he had heard nothing to change his belief that Rice ‘‘was saying exactly what the political shop at the White House told her to say.’’
Clinton has agreed to appear before Congress to answer questions about the Benghazi attack. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Clinton will testify after an independent Accountability Review Board presents its findings. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she expects the report’s completion in December and that Clinton will appear at that time.
Toner said he could not say when the review board would complete its work, but other State Department officials have said it may not be finished until January, meaning that any Clinton appearance could be delayed.
McCain and Graham have called for the creation of a Watergate-style select committee to investigate the attack, but there is little interest in that step beyond a few GOP lawmakers. Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the existing congressional committees should handle the work.
Associated Press writers Julie Pace and Donna Cassata contributed to this report.